Corruption

Putinology

Swampland

One year later, Russia’s diminished opposition returns to Bolotnaya Square.

Anna Nemtsova |

Case Studies

Outfoxing the Oligarchs in Latvia

How a tiny Baltic republic succeeded in taking its oligarchs down a peg.

Gabriel Kuris |

Argument

Tea Leaves in Tashkent

Who will follow Uzbekistan’s aging dictator?

Philip Shishkin |

Argument

Ghostbusters

Malaysia’s pro-democracy activists might not win Sunday’s election. But they could win the battle against electoral fraud.

Deborah Loh |

Feature

The End of the Gandhis

Can Rahul Gandhi run India? Can anybody?

James Traub |

Argument

Musharraf’s Great Folly Tests the Army

Pakistan's former dictator returned home to what he thought would be a hero's welcome. Instead, a court ordered his arrest -- and put the military in an awkward spot.

Arif Rafiq |

Dispatch

Death by a Thousand Cuts

Just one year into François Hollande's presidency, he's on the ropes and praying for a miracle.

Eric Pape |

Putinology

Russia's Olympic City

Russia is pushing ahead with its projects for the 2014 Winter Olympics. But not everyone is happy.

Anna Nemtsova |

Profile

The Princess of Reform

Why the daughter of Malaysia’s opposition leader embodies the hopes of the democratic reform movement.

Deborah Loh |

Argument

David Stockman’s Dystopia

Why Reagan’s former budget chief is like a crazy person howling in the wind. Let’s ignore him.

Jared Bernstein |

Argument

Why Dictators Don’t Like Jokes

Pro-democracy activists around the world are discovering that humor is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against authoritarianism.

Srdja Popovic |

Dispatch

Haiti's Inconvenient Truth

Was a U.N. diplomat pushed out of his position for airing Port-au-Prince's dirty laundry in public?

Jonathan M. Katz |

Argument

Make Way for the Hybrids

Yes, institutions are important. But institutions that actually work are even better.

Matt Andrews |

Putinology

The Chechen Boss

Chechnya’s president is building power in Russia. And his thugs aren't listening to the FSB.

Anna Nemtsova |

Putinology

The Dead Man's Trial

The posthumous trial of an anti-corruption crusader.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

The Tip of the Democracy Spear

The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have an unblemished record when it comes to promoting democracy. Is there a way to change that?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Why the Color Revolutions Failed

Toppling dictators isn't enough. Successful revolutions also embrace the rule of law.

Melinda Haring |

Dispatch

Mali's Bad Trip

Field notes from the West African drug trade.

Andrew Lebovich |

Christian Caryl

The Tangled Tale of Malaysia's Dirty Battleground State

How an ex-British prime minister’s sister-in-law, a headhunter’s grandson, dodgy PR firms, and a Malaysian kingpin are colliding in a fight over the future of democracy.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Political Tremors in the Caucasus

There’s a distinct whiff of desire for political change wafting through the Caucasus.

Thomas de Waal |

Argument

A Player, but No Superpower

Why China's military is a threat to its neighbors, but shouldn't concern the United States on its home turf.

Andrew S. Erickson |

Argument

What Have We Learned About Xi Jinping?

China’s new leader has consolidated his power. So what is he going to do with it?

Kerry Brown |

Dispatch

Vote M for Murder

In Kenya, politics is simply the continuation of war, by other means.

James Verini |

Argument

Vatican Insider

Though rumors of gay scandal are swirling around Pope Benedict’s retirement, it’s larger concerns that will test the Vatican as the Conclave begins.

Paolo Mastrolilli |

Profile

The Inconvenient Diplomat

A farewell to the man who spoke out against Latin America’s leading bullies.

Javier El-Hage |

Argument

Stand with Rwanda

Now is no time to cut aid to Kigali.

Tony Blair |

Putinology

Putin Declares War on Sleaze

Vladimir Putin is vowing to make a dent in the eternal Russian problem of corruption. Skepticism is warranted.

Anna Nemtsova |

Lab Report

Venezuela's New Era

Venezuelans are contemplating the possibility of a new life without Hugo Chávez. But can the existing system continue in the absence of its creator?

Phil Gunson |

Argument

The Curse of Stability in Central Asia

The autocrats of Central Asia like to tout the virtues of stability. But they're really making excuses for decay.

Sarah Kendzior |